San Jose Sharks prospect Daniil Tarasov has left the Sharks and signed a two-year deal with Dynamo Moscow in the KHL.
Tarasov joined the Sharks organization back in 2013 as an undrafted free agent following three solid seasons in the USHL. He split time the following season between the now defunct San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL and the Sharks AHL former affiliate, the Worcester Sharks. That year he put up 14 goals and 14 assists for Worcester in 43 games.
The next season he stayed with Worcester the full season, after signing a two-year, entry-level deal, playing 47 games in the AHL and scoring 17 goals and 14 assists. Then last season he got his first taste of NHL action, grabbing five games at the NHL level, scoring a single assist in his NHL debut. Outside of those five games, he spent 54 games with Worcester, scoring 16 goals and 17 assists.
— HC Dynamo Moscow (@dynamo_ru) July 17, 2015
Tarasov struggled to elbow his way into the lineup, getting scratched after the call-up where he’d eventually make his NHL debut. In his second NHL game, he went down with an injury which kept him out for more than two weeks. He finished the year with just those five games and an average of 7:34 of ice time per game.
This summer, the Sharks issued Tarasov a qualifying offer, but he chose not to accept the offer and will instead be returning to Dynamo Moscow, in the program where he played his youth hockey before coming to North America to play in the USHL.
Dustin Nelson writes about news and the Minnesota Wild for The Hockey Writers.